Mr Michael Anthony Rowan

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Barrister Status:
Suspended
Called:
Nov 1992
Inn:
Inner Temple
Hearing type:
Disciplinary Tribunal (5 Person)
Decision date
14/10/2020
Breach details:
Professional misconduct contrary to CD3, rC8 and CD5 of the Bar Standards Board Handbook (Version 2). Professional misconduct contrary to rC65.2 of the Bar Standards Board Handbook (Version 4).
Offence details:

Michael Rowan, an unregistered barrister, acted without honesty and without integrity, in that between 4 September and 1 October 2016 while providing legal services as an employed barrister he committed fraud by false representation by submitting three expenses forms claiming expenses to which he was not entitled contrary to ss.1 and 2 of the Fraud Act 2006, for which conduct he was convicted on 23 April 2019 at Ipswich Crown Court and sentenced to 26 weeks imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, with 180 hours unpaid work, and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £115.

Michael Rowan, an unregistered barrister, acted in a way which could reasonably be seen by the public to undermine his honesty and integrity in that between 4 September and 1 October 2016 while providing legal services as an employed barrister he committed fraud by false representation by submitting three expenses forms claiming expenses to which he was not entitled contrary to ss.1 and 2 of the Fraud Act 2006, for which conduct he was convicted on 23 April 2019 at the Ipswich Crown Court and sentenced to 26 weeks imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, with 180 hours unpaid work, and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £115.

Michael Rowan, an unregistered barrister, acted in a way likely to diminish the trust and confidence which the public places in him or in the profession, in that between 4 September and 1 October 2016 while providing legal services as an employed barrister he committed fraud by false representation by submitting three expenses forms claiming expenses to which he was not entitled contrary to ss.1 and 2 of the Fraud Act 2006, for which conduct he was convicted on 23 April 2019 at the Ipswich Crown Court and sentenced to 26 weeks imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, with 180 hours unpaid work, and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £115.

Michael Rowan, an unregistered barrister, did not report promptly to the Bar Standards Board that he was, on 23 April 2019 at the Ipswich Crown Court, convicted of fraud by false representation contrary to ss.1 and 2 of the Fraud Act 2006.

Sanction:
Suspended – Practising Certificate not to be renewed for 3 years (Sentence came into effect on 5 November 2020)
Costs:
£600.00
Status:
Final